In the weeks preceding and following the election, I was challenged by the visceral responses from left, right, and center of this artificial political system constructed it seems to disenfranchise the oppressed and benefit the oppressors. I was and still am never sure of being on the right (or left) side of history (or eternity); compared to so many, I am privileged and thus called to responsibility, though compared to the rulers I am a mere pawn in the ruthless game of neoliberal capitalism. But…Continue Reading “A (Com)Passionate Response”

Labels are not my specialty. I usually operate somehow between them so please do not stick any label to this reflection. It is not a Buddhist, nor a Catholic and not even a Polish perspective. My language is not using ‘I’ willingly so Buddhism was always somehow natural for me but this is ‘my’ perspective. Whoever this humble ‘I’ is. My first reaction to the news about the outcome of the presidential election was a feeling of deep compassion. I thought ‘How will those poor…Continue Reading “Living Separate Lives”

I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest; but trouble comes. —Job 3:26 I. I’m angry. I’m pissed off. I’m enraged. And while I am not interested in attempting to justify why anger and rage are appropriate responses, I ask myself: How do we think theologically through, from, and against our rage? In the wake of the announcement of Donald Trump as the projected winner of the 2016 Presidential Election, I felt an impulsive response come over my body. I…Continue Reading “¡Vete a la verga! Or, Notes on a Queer Chicano Theology and Ethics of Rage”

On November 9th I watched the election results pour in with two other observant Jewish feminists. Like many others, we watched in horror as our planned celebration of a Democratic victory gave way to a shocking defeat. The very best outcome we could imagine, based upon Trump’s 100-day plan, was that democracy itself would be preserved and the constitution upheld, but the planet would be destroyed by his reckless dismantling of all environmental protections, including bans on extracting fossil fuels (i.e. fracking, drilling,and the like)….Continue Reading “Do Not Put Your Trust in Princes”

A moment of odd suspense—both in terms of a foreboding uncertainty as to what is coming, and of a suspension of our own capacities to act, to analyze the situation and to organize accordingly. A suspension not of time itself, which chugalugs on, pulls us to fix dinner, finish an assignment, plan a holiday; but of the shared future, the collective momentum forward, which drives politics. Politics may be defined not as mere machinations of power but rather as collective self-organization in the face of…Continue Reading “Advent Note 2016”

Progressive Christians are familiar with the biblical reading strategy: identify a prophetic moment—best if you can quote Jesus—and extend the pure meaning of the passage in support of the world’s marginalized over against their oppressors. While I am sympathetic to this sort of engagement with the Bible, I wonder how useful this tactic is in the United States of Trump. Indeed, if Trump won the presidency because he mobilized disenfranchised rural, white voters with appeals to xenophobia and misogyny, is a reading strategy that pits…Continue Reading “Hearing Voices in Haunted Scriptures”

Since I was a child, one of my favorite Christmas specials was Dr. Suess’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The Grinch, whose heart was “two sizes too small,” tries to stop Christmas from coming by stealing all the lights, food, decorations, and presents on Christmas Eve. Yet, much to the Grinch’s surprise: Every Who down in Whoville, the tall the small, Was singing! Without any presents at all! He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming, it CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same! Of…Continue Reading “Christmas After the 2016 Election”